The Elusive First Song of Rock and Roll

There have been many attempts to put the first rock and roll song, but rock historians broadly disagree with that one song. There are many songs to run, but before we get there, what exactly is meant by rock and roll songs?

Black rhythms and blues are known as the birthplace of rock and roll. This is distinguished by 4/4 times, the beat of high tempo, and the emphasis on the saxophone to carry a solo in eight middle bars. Rock and roll can hardly be seen from rhythm and blues, except rock and roll uses guitars to play eight middle solos rather than saxophone. At least that’s my definition. Rock and roll is responsible for the appearance of an electric guitar.

If you read one of the history of rock and roll, the first famous rock and roll song fell to one of the following: Wynonie Harris, with “Good Rocking At Midnight” (1953), “Sh Boom”, by The Chords, (1954 ), (the first “race” record to penetrate the top 10 of white), and “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets (1954).

Although these are all breakthrough songs, in one way or another; they are no match for being the first rock and roll song. First of all, they all used saxophone to carry eight middle, and second, they posted the date of the song that I believed to be the “first” rock and roll song.

This song is “Saturday Night Fish Fry” points. 1 and 2, by Louis Jordan (1949). Louis Jordan, maybe the first black man to receive wide acceptance by white people. While mostly known as rhythm stars and black blues in the forties, he was the first person to use the guitar as a solo instrument. The song repeatedly uses the phrase “it was rockin”, and it’s a big hit, in the top ten juke boxes of the year.

For the first Rockabilly song ever, I nominated “We Going To Roll and Rock” by Eddie Zack and his cousin Ritchie in 1953. If there were older rockabilly songs, I didn’t realize it.

I am proud to say that I have a copy of 78rpm of these two songs. (“We Going To Roll and Rock” is very rare.)

Classic Rock: The Roar of the Electric Guitar

From the sound of Chuck Berry’s first overdrive guitar to the golden tones of Eddie Van Halen, classic rock guitars are studies for themselves in the evolution of popular music for decades. Naturally, amplification and technology have something to say about voices that were opened from the 60s to 90s, but cataloged elements of virtuoso players such as Jimi Hendrix, Alex Lifeson and Van Halen mentioned earlier who were brought to the party also important.

While Scotty Moore sparked recordings of Elvis and Chuck Berry giving us some of the first riff-rock, the Beatles and The Who carved a niche for themselves with electric Rickenbacker and a 100-watt stack of Hiwatt amplifiers, respectively. The Beatles lead bands such as Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and others to mine Ricky-based voices they originally pioneered (before finding their own ways for early overdrive sounds in the studio).

The Who continued to improve the sound of their guitars with Pete Townsend sticking out his Les Paul through a pile of direct amps and in the studio. Bands like Cream will find Eric Clapton and solo artists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page from Zeppelin, and Jeff Beck shooting their own reinforced rig to make distinctive sounds on songs like ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again ‘and’ Communication Damage ‘. From there, Black Sabbath’s metal thunder, Judas Priest, and Rush were only one step away.

When the 70s saw the stomp-box effect of the sound of rock and metal from Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, the tone that was influenced by Michael Schenker and the great and crazy sound of Edward Van Halen, the guitarist began to redefine what it meant to have gold tones and reach the status of ‘guitar god’ that is difficult to understand. But the 80s, although rich in sound and effect boxes that could be achieved, proved that songwriting and sound were still key, because thousands of bands began to emulate without the taste of the pioneers who had gone before, but without the tone, taste or ability of the compositions has made bands like Zeppelin and Van Halen great.

Like all eras, there are still outstanding artists with extraordinary voices such as U2’s The Edge, Defender Phil Collen and Steve Clark, Journey’s Neal Schon and, of course, Alex Lifeson and Eddie Van Halen. The sounds of the guitar will continue to grow over time, and if you spend half an hour on a classic rock radio station, you will hear extraordinary sounds and guitar styles that describe growth in technology and ability. for decades.